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The hosts are without their star striker after Gary Hooper failed to recover from a knock, while the visitors have made a number of changes from the side which beat Celta Vigo

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has handed starts to Georgios Samaras and Miku after Gary Hooper failed to recover from injury for their crucial Champions League clash against Barcelona.

The Venezuelan has previously played against the Spanish giants during his spell in La Liga with Getafe, while Greece international Samaras impressed in the previous match between the two sides before going off injured.

Highly rated Victor Wanyama - thought to be interesting Manchester United - starts in the centre of midfield for the home side alongside Scott Brown.

As for Barcelona, Tito Vilanova will be hoping that current World Player of the Year Lionel Messi can add to his two goals and two assists in this season's competition and secure their passage through to the knock-out stages.

Youngster Marc Bartra gets an opportunity to shine in the heart of the visitors' defence, while Gerard Pique takes his place on the bench after a spell on the sidelines.

Up front, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro will be expected to provide the width in their three-pronged attack alongside Messi.

Barcelona currently sit top of Group G having won all three of their group matches so far, including a dramatic last-gasp 2-1 victory over Celtic, while Lennon's side are second with four points.

Celtic starting XI: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Matthews; Commons, Wanyama, Ledley, Mulgrew; Miku, Samaras

Subs: Zaluska, Herron, Fraser, Kayal, McCourt, McGeouch, Watt

Barcelona starting XI: Valdes; Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Song, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Pedro

Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Pique, Dos Santos, Fabregas, Villa, Tello

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